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From Cusco: Sacred Valley, Pisac, Moray, & Salt Mines Tour

1. From Cusco: Sacred Valley, Pisac, Moray, & Salt Mines Tour

During this Sacred Valley day tour, go to the must-visit sites of Cusco and have a chance to try traditional Incan beer. Get picked up from your hotel in Cusco's city center and head to your first stop, Mirador Taray.  Take in the spectacular views of the Andes and the Sacred Valley to prepare for your day of discovery.  Continue to the town of Pisac, the site of a popular market. See how locals dye alpaca wool with natural plants of the region. Visit the archaeological site and see its terraces, Incan cemeteries, and royal buildings.  Afterward, move on to Moray to learn about the history of the Incas and wonder at their mysterious circular terraces. Head to the nearby village of Maras and learn about its history as a center for salt production at the Maras Salt Mines. Admire the unique quilt work of over 3,000 salt ponds spilling into the Sacred Valley. From here, go to Urubamba and enjoy a buffet lunch at a local restaurant. Continue with a drive along the Urubamba River towards the town of Ollantaytambo to visit the ruins. Marvel at the remarkable Incan architecture built during the Incan Empire's heyday. In addition to the ruins, see an amazing rock formation that represents the Incan god of Wiracocha. After your time at the ruins, choose to return to Cusco with your guide or to stay in Ollantaytambo so you can continue your personal travels to Machu Picchu.

From Cusco: Chinchero, Moray, Ollantaytambo, and Pisac Tour

2. From Cusco: Chinchero, Moray, Ollantaytambo, and Pisac Tour

Explore Cusco's Sacred Valley and see Incan Ruins, salt mines, local markets, and textile production. Make stops in Moray, Chinchero, Ollantaytambo, and Pisac on this full-day tour by van. Be picked up from your hotel in Cusco in the morning before heading to an archaeological zone and textile center located in Chinchero. See how locals dye alpaca wool with natural plants of the region. Visit the archaeological site in Chinchero and see its terraces before moving on to Moray to learn about the history of the Incas and wonder at their mysterious circular terraces. Head to the nearby village of Maras and learn about its history as a center for salt production at the Maras Salt Mines. Admire the unique quilt work of over 3,000 salt ponds spilling into the Sacred Valley. Travel to Urubamba and enjoy a buffet lunch at a local restaurant. Stop at the ruins of Ollantaytambo and marvel at the remarkable Incan architecture built during the Incan Empire's heyday. See an amazing rock formation that represents the Incan god of Wiracocha. Arrive at the last tour stop, the archaeological park of Pisaq, after which you will visit the nearby town to explore the craft market. Return to Cusco and be dropped off in the town center after the tour is over.

Cusco: Chinchero, Moray, and Salt Mines Tour

3. Cusco: Chinchero, Moray, and Salt Mines Tour

Your tour will start with your group pick-up. From there you will drive for about an hour to Chinchero, making a short stop in this town to visit one of the last traditional families. You will also learn about ancient textiles and the weaving process. After driving 30 minutes more, you will arrive to Moray, the ancient Inka agriculture laboratory located in a rare topographical depression in which the Inkas developed into unique circular terraces. You will learn how this entire area was also watered by a well-engineered irrigation system. After enjoying Moray, you will continue for another hour to the Salineras Salt Mines of Maray, your last destination on your tour. The salt mine is actually a vast collection of terraces born from a water stream high on a mountain. Over many centuries this salt spring has been channeled to 1,000 small pools. People wait for the sunny days to evaporate the water which leaves the pure salt behind, a technique of which has been used since pre-Inka times. You will finally drive approximately 1.5 hours back to Cusco, where your group will be dropped off near the Main Plaza de Armas.

Cusco: Full-Day Sacred Valley and Maras Tour

4. Cusco: Full-Day Sacred Valley and Maras Tour

Discover the best of Cusco's Sacred Valley on this full-day tour. After getting picked up from your hotel in Cusco in the morning, head to an archaeological zone and textile center located in Chinchero. Later, visit the archaeological park of Moray, before passing through the town of Maras and visiting the Salineras salt mines. Stop for lunch in the village of Urubamba before traveling to the archaeological sites of Ollantaytambo. Finally, visit the archaeological park of Pisaq, after which you will visit the nearby town to explore the craft market. At the end of the day, get dropped off in downtown Cusco.

From Cusco: 2-Day ATV Tour to Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu

5. From Cusco: 2-Day ATV Tour to Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu

Day 1: Start the first day with pickup from your hotel in Cusco and travel to the first destination, Cruzpata. This is the ATV base camp, where you will be able to practice using your ATV, which you will drive to the first two destinations of the tour. Set out on your ATV with your guide to Moray in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. See the terracing system and irrigation using aqueducts, indicative of the ingenuity of the Incan civilization. Next visit the Maras Salt Mines. The salt mines, or the famous "salt pools" are located in the rural community of Pichingoto. This site is highly recommended for photography lovers because of its impressive landscape. After visiting the salt mines, enjoy lunch in one of the local restaurants of Urubamba. Next, make your way to Ollantaytambo to hop onboard the train to Aguas Calientes. Depart at 3:37 PM and enjoy a scenic 1.5-hour journey. During the train ride, take time to appreciate the beauty of the surrounding valleys and Andes mountains. The train will arrive in Aguas Calientes, which is a small town located at the base of Machu Picchu. Your transfer will be waiting for you at the train station to take you to your selected hotel in Aguas Calientes. Have a meeting with your guide to find out the scheduled departure time for Machu Picchu the next morning.   Day 2: It is recommended to wake up early in the morning to enjoy breakfast at the hotel. At the scheduled time, head to the bus station to try to catch one of the first buses, which begin at 5:30 AM and fill on a first-come, first-served basis. The bus journey will take about 25 minutes to get to Machu Picchu. As soon as you arrive at the complex, meet your guide who will take you to the best viewing spots throughout the ruins. Get a panoramic view of the landscape and the sunrise over the mountains. There will be a rendezvous to observe the sunrise in order to get spectacular views of the Lost City of the Incas. Take a 2-hour guided tour around Machu Picchu, with plenty of free time afterwards to explore the ruins on your own. If you have tickets to climb the amazing mountain of Huaynapicchu, your guide will direct you to where this hike begins. Please make sure this is arranged at least 1 or 2 months in advance of your visit, as tickets do sell out fast. Once you are done exploring all Machu Picchu has to offer, take a bus down to Aguas Calientes then take the train back to Ollantaytambo. From here, be returned to the historic center of Cusco.

From Cusco: Maras, Moray & Machu Picchu 2-Day Trip

6. From Cusco: Maras, Moray & Machu Picchu 2-Day Trip

Explore The Lost City of Machu Picchu, Peru’s preeminent archaeological site and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Immerse yourself in the amazing sites and culture of the Urubamba Valley over 2 days. Benefit from round-trip transportation from your hotel in Cusco, lodging and meals. Day 1: Cusco – Chinchero – Moray - Salineras – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes Start with a hotel pickup in Cusco at 8:00 AM. Be driven to Chinchero. Explore the archeological site and the colonial church. Visit the handicraft market. Next, settle in for a 1-hour drive to the archeological site of Moray. See circular farming terraces of Moray before heading to the town of Maras which is known for its salt mines. Stop at a local restaurant for lunch while enjoying the view of the mountains. After lunch, visit Salineras, where locals have extracted salt since Incan times. Later, drive to Ollantaytambo to explore the town and archeological site. See the Ollantaytambo ruins, a massive Inca fortress with large stone terraces on a hillside. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. Then, take the train to Aguas Calientes and spend the night in a 3-star hotel. Day 2: Machu Picchu – Cusco On the final day, start early with breakfast in the hotel. Take the first bus up to Machu Picchu. Upon arrival, join a guided tour through the most important places in Machu Picchu, like temples, palaces, and plazas. After a 3-hour tour, enjoy free time to explore the citadel. Next, take the bus down to Aguas Calientes and have lunch. Finally, hop on the Visatdoem train back to Cusco. Arrive back at your hotel at around 7.30 PM.

From Cusco: Sacred Valley Group Tour with Buffet Lunch

7. From Cusco: Sacred Valley Group Tour with Buffet Lunch

Experience the secrets of the Incan Sacred Valley on this trip from Cusco. Journey to the little town of Chinchero, the Salineras salt mines, Urubamba, the Ollantaytambo fortress, and more on this full day excursion. Be picked up from the comfort of your hotel from between 06:35-6:50 am. Relax as you are transported to the picturesque little town of Chinchero, known as the city of the rainbow. See the Church of Our Lady of Monserrat and the Andenería agricultural terraces. Continue to Maras and the agricultural experimentation platforms of Moray where it is thought that the Incas created their own micro-climate. Head to the Salineras salt mines to see the salt evaporation ponds which have been in use since Incan times. Drive to the town of Urubamba to eat your fill of delicious Peruvian cuisine. After lunch, go to Ollantaytambo fortress which was a strategic military, agricultural and religious center. Visit Pisaq before going back to Cusco at 7:00 pm.

From Cusco: Full-Day Private Sacred Valley of the Incas Trip

8. From Cusco: Full-Day Private Sacred Valley of the Incas Trip

You will start your tour in Chinchero, which was one of the most important populations during the Inca empire. However, it was the victim of the extirpation of idolatries, an action that replaced the traditional deities with Catholic ones, in order to transform popular beliefs. Then visit Maras, an impressive complex of salt mining. They are large deposits of salt used in exchange for other products with other regions of the empire. On the other hand, the archaeological site of Moray consists of mysterious concentric circular terraces that for some investigators would be an agricultural research center. Free time for lunch and then visit Ollantaytambo, a typical example of urban planning of the Incas. The archaeological complex called a fortress although it was a Tambo, a resting and lodging place for long-distance travelers. Finally, visit the citadel of Pisac. The market has dozens of stalls displaying and selling goods crafted by residents of the area. After the visit return to your hotel.

From Cusco: Chinchero, Maras, and Moray Private Day Trip

9. From Cusco: Chinchero, Maras, and Moray Private Day Trip

Spend the day visiting archaeological sites and getting to know the mysterious Incan civilization on this day trip from Cusco. Visit the Sacred Valley with stops in Chinchero, Maras, and Moray. Meet your guide in Cusco and depart for Chinchero. Chinchero was an important town of the Incan Empire and is located on a terrace at about 3500 meters above sea level. The beautiful Andean landscape surrounds the town, with Chincero being framed by the calm beauty of the Chicón and Verónica snow-capped mountains. Every Sunday, the town becomes a trade center for products from the neighboring communities. After visiting Chinchero, go to the archaeological sites in Maras and Moray. In Maras be impressed by the salt mines. The salt deposits from these mines were used to trade for products from other regions of the empire. In Moray see archaeological remains composed of mysterious concentric circular terraces which, according to some scholars was an agricultural research center. Following your visit to Moray, depart back to Cusco.

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Highly recommend this tour for sacred valley. The tour was well organized from the start to finish. Pick-up location, timing, tour plans and drop-off were well communicated. Lunch was good. Our tour guide - Mijael was very knowledgeable, fluent in English and friendly. The roads to moray and maras salt mine wasn't paved and was bumpy. However, the van organized was so comfortable and suspension was good. My husband has a bad back and he had no problems after the whole day tour.

Great day trip to see the main attractions of the Sacred Valley. We had a great group and the tour guide was also superb, friendly, very informative and always happy to help/take pics for us. The buffet was super tasty. They left us in Ollantaytambo so we could continue with our trip to Machu Pichu.

Wonderful day trip! Our guide and reaver were wonderful. Great way to see a good bit of the sacred valley in a day. Absolutely beautiful!

great experience knowledgeable guide who took the time and effort to explain details and answer all of our questions. highly recommend

Elisa was a great tourist guide. We had a great time…